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Area: KärntenHello, my name is Andrea. We are a family living and working in Graz but in summer and other holidays and weekends we stay with my older mother in a big house in Carinthia. During the rest of the year she is alone with her cat and dog. The house was a former guesthouse with many rooms, now we only rent one appartment in summer. In the months of September,October,November my mother will be alone again in the house. She would be happier to have some company. We are looking for someone who helps her cooking, going shopping, gardening, but specially who likes being around elderly people, talk with them,exchange life stories,etc.. She is 84 years old, physically not in a bad condition, just sometimes having a little pain here and there. She is an open, friendly lady, who likes to communicate and likes the house to be clean! We are located close to the lake "Wörthersee", only 3 minutes foot walk to the beach. The border to Italy and Slovenia is also very close. It is a great area for nature lovers, outdoor hikers, bikers and swimmers. We would prefer volunteers you have the possibility to stay at least 3 or 4 weeks. In the months of may, June, September and October it would be very helpful if you are able to speak a little bit of German. In this months we are only on the weekends there so during the week you would spend the time with our mother who isn´t alble to speak English.
Area: CórdobaOur hostel is located in the neighbourhood of nueva Cordoba. We are looking for help all year long. Travellers can enjoy our culture, art galleries, museums, parks, concerts, pubs and discos. We guarantee the best stay, free wifi, kitchen, tv, bbq area, free laundry service for volunteers. We offer free bed and free breakfast, we ask for 3 shifts of 8 hours each day. and for at least 1 month.
Area: Anchorage, AlaskaMy husband and I are currently in the process of restoring a very sad and neglected house located in Anchorage, Alaska. The house is still a work in progress, we’re still working on the inside and the outside is half way there. We need a lot of help! So come help with building, gardening, making ceramics and other useful projects. You get to stay in a private room that we just completely renovated. So you can have some privacy when you get tired of hanging out with us. The upstairs is mostly done, we are currently working on backyard landscaping and on finishing the basement.
Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe are a small family of two, middle-aged professionals who live in a large house in a small wine-growing village in the Languedoc in the South of France. From Easter 2015, we are looking for help around our home. I am an English teacher, who teaches English to overseas (often French) students on an absorption basis between Easter and the end of October. Absorption Basis means that the students live with us and take all their meals with us over a period of one, two or three weeks. The student also socialises with us and I often take them out for half day trips. This leaves little or no time for cooking, cleaning and shopping. Because of my job, we are obliged to speak English AND watch English TV all of the time so we are not therefore looking for someone who wishes to improve their French. The confidence to shop would be wonderful though. My husband, Peter, is an estate agent who also works long hours. He speeds in and out of the house, meeting clients and lawyers in equal measures! We have an elderly, totally daft and friendly cocker spaniels and a barn cat! Our house is well organised and both I and my husband are good cooks. We are happy, therefore, to teaching some cooking skills when we have the time. There are no major league renovations to do here. However, non-smokers are essential as I am an asthmatic whose asthma is triggered by cigarette smoke. The village here is small - about 500 residents - but we have some facilities including a chemist, supermarket, doctors, etc. We also have a bus service to Carcassonne at one end and Narbonne at the other end. The countryside around is beautiful, surrounded as we are by vineyards and stunning scenery. This is a large house with large gardens and a swimming pool.
Area: WalloniaOur house is located in the countryside of one of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia, on "Plateau de Herve" in the center of a triangle formed by the cities of Liège (Belgium) - Aachen (Germany) - Maastricht (Netherlands) The house is over 300 years old and all the time need a screwdriver to turn to one side, a hammer or a brush... For the moment, essentially the garden yells at help! It has been neglected for a few years because we're expats and only occasionally in Belgium. Our son, who exceeded the age of reason, declared that he is very comfortable in our furniture and therefore maintains the premises in good condition. But he hasn't really a green thumb ... Notre maison est située dans la campagne d'un des plus beaux villages de Wallonie, sur le plateau de Herve, au centre du triangle formé par les villes de Liège (Belgique) – Aachen (Allemagne) – Maastricht (Pays-Bas) La maison a plus de 400 ans et a tout le temps besoin d’un petit tour de tournevis d’un côté, d’un coup de pinceau de l’autre… Pour le moment, c’est essentiellement le jardin qui crie à l’aide ! Il a été négligé pendant quelques années car nous sommes expatriés et ne sommes qu’occasionnellement en Belgique. Notre fils, qui a dépassé largement l’âge de raison, a décrété qu’il était très bien dans nos meubles et maintient donc les lieux en bon état. Mais il n’a pas vraiment la main verte…